Myers-Briggs types are a popular classification of different types of personality.
It uses one main principle at its core: do you prefer one trait over another?
The Myers-Briggs types are based on 4 criteria:
- Extraversion/E or Introversion/I
- Sensing/S or Intuition/N
- Thinking/T or Feeling/F
- Judgment/J or Perception/P
Much research has been carried out on the Myers-Briggs types, but here we are going to concentrate on the strengths and weaknesses of each type.
For your information, in each case, S = Strength and W = Weakness.
S – Known as visionaries and innovators, ENTPs are quick-witted and their strengths lie in communication with all members of society.
W – Their only weakness is not finishing one idea before moving onto the next.
S – Give an INTP the freedom and flexibility to work autonomously and you will get the best out of them.
W – However, because they believe in their own minds so ultimately, it can be extremely hard to influence them.
S – Control and structure allow an ENTJ to work at their best. They love to take direct action and this no-nonsense type takes no prisoners.
W – ENTJ’s rarely takes feelings into account and their assertiveness can come across as aggressive and argumentative.
S – INTJs are able to understand complex and difficult information and therefore do well in careers such in science, mathematics and engineering.
W – They always look at the bigger picture and cannot focus on the here and now, which means they have to have a plan in place and cannot improvise.
S – ISTJ love working in an orderly fashion and thrive when things are well-organised.
W – Give them a task with no clear-cut goals or practical use and they soon lose interest.
S – ESTJs are best suited to leadership or supervisory roles as they appreciate rules and order and value traditions.
W – They can at times appear to be a typical ‘jobsworth’ type, being a stickler for the rules and over-critical if someone does not live up to their standards.
S – An ISTP thrives when given an action-packed job with thrills and risks. They work best when living in the moment and not planning for the future.
W – Give them their own space and don’t make too many demands on them or their energy will become quickly drained.
S – ESTPs are the ultimate doers, they have to touch, smell, live the action and straight-away as well. Give them a task that requires immediate action and it will get done.
W – ESTPs do not like to sit around and have to learn a ton of boring text or information; it drains their natural exuberance.
S – ENFPs are highly creative who love to act with spontaneity. They excel at storytelling, whether this is in books, music or acting.
W – Don’t give ENFP’s a mundane routine or you’ll empty all that creativity. They hate being predictable.
S – The INFPhas an imagination like no other and excels when taking the mundane and turning into something extraordinary.
W – INFPs cannot be in large social groups as it drains their energy. They need to spend time alone to recharge their batteries but some people see this as being aloof.
S – Their strength is in language and communication. Good at expressing themselves, they work best where the spoken word is important.
W – If you hurt an INFJ you may never even know why as they will walk away and not tell you.
S – ENFJs are good organisers and excel at helping individuals achieve their own potential. They have a natural tendency to ease stressful situations.
W – They can be too hard on themselves, neglecting their own needs and concentrating on others instead.
S – ISFJs are natural carers and very perceptive to other’s feelings. They work well when in an organised caring role.
W – Confrontation and disharmony throw these people off balance quickly as they prefer order and structure in their lives.
S –ISFPs are natural perfectionists who work well in careers where attention to detail is of the utmost importance.
W – They are intensively private people and may even keep their feelings from their partner.
S – ESFPs are all about people, meeting them, interacting with them, getting to know new ones. They may not do so well with theory books but thrive on hands-on experience.
W – Monotony is their worst fear as they love the spice and variety of life.
S – Loyalty and self-sacrifice and ESFJ’s best qualities, they will always put someone they care about before themselves.
W – ESFJ’s seek approval from almost everyone they meet which can be irritating in the long run to older friends.
If you don’t know which of the Myers-Briggs types you are, answer a series of questions to find out.